Nov 15th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

Gem City of the Plains Attracts Seniors

Thanks to the magic of the movies, television and books, the name Laramie, Wyoming conjures up visions of the Old West like few others can, and the reality does not disappoint. Cattle drives, wagon trains, shootouts, historic downtown, prairie and mountain vistas, rodeos, guest ranches and more – filled with hospitality, entertainment and excitement, welcomes senior  visitors from all corners of the globe. Gather wild west experiences for your book of memories when you visit Laramie, Wyoming. If your timing is right, you can take in a real cattle drive to better grazing land.

Laramie has a very scenic rural setting. The County Seat of Albany County, Laramie, has a population of 30,000. Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming, the city is west of Cheyenne, at the junction of I-80 and US Rte 287. Check out ten things not to be missed during your visit here.

Laramie was settled in the mid-19th century along the Union Pacific Railroad line.  Laramie takes its name from Jacques LaRamie, a French or French-Canadian trapper who disappeared in the Laramie Mountains in the late 1810s and was never heard from again.  It is home to the University of Wyoming, Wyoming Technical Institute, and a branch of Laramie County Community College.

Seniors Find Best Retirement City

The ruins of Fort Sanders, an army fort predating Laramie, lie just south of the city along Route 287. Located in the Laramie Valley between the Snowy Range and the Laramie Range, the city draws outdoor enthusiasts because of its abundance of outdoor activities. In 2011, Laramie was named the best city in which to retire by Money Magazine due to its scenic location, low taxes and educational opportunities.  Small town living is what many seniors are looking for after retirement. Plains, mountains, streams, rodeos, wildlife and more are all part of western living.

The Laramie Boomerang newspaper provides up-to-date news and information for Laramie and the surrounding areas. It has been around since 1881 and is the voice of the city.  Often if you want to get the flavor a city, reading the local newspaper can provide just that.  The Laramie Boomerang E-Edition lets you navigate an exact replica of the printed newspaper. You can flip through pages and skim headlines just as you would with the printed newspaper in your hands. View articles, photos, games and comics with the click of a button.

The prison where Butch Cassidy was once incarcerated is a popular site along with Ranchland and Frontier Town. The most outstanding residence in town remains the Ivinson Mansion, which is now the home of the Laramie Plains Museum. Fort Laramie is close by for seniors interested in history. The city is dominated by history and seems to have it all.  Say Howdy to a cowboy out there, okay? jeb

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